The Evolution of a Toxic Dump in the Middle of the Detroit River

Decades of dumping contaminated waste at one end of the island; wildlife refuge at the other

A contaminated waste dump in the middle of the Detroit River is expected to get some attention this month.  Representatives from state and federal organizations plan to review how Grassy Island should be managed in the coming years. The island is located north of Grosse Isle off the shores of Wyandotte.  Ford and other industries used the island as a site for toxic materials after President Lyndon Johnson banned open-water dumping in the early 60’s. Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Manager, John Hartig, tells WDET’s Amy Miller that removing the contaminated materials isn’t an option so a long term plan is needed. 


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  • Amy Miller
    Amy has been working in public and commercial radio for the last 30 yrs. She is an award winning reporter and news anchor, born and raised in Detroit.